The name, Belsize Park, comes from the original 16th century manor house, which was the only house in Belsize and Hampstead of aristocratic class and size with surrounding parkland. This house derived its name from the French, “Bel Assis”, which actually means “beautifully situated”.
The house stood at a point somewhere between the present day St Peters church and the junction of Belsize Park and Belsize Park Gardens. Belsize Avenue was the carriage way that lead to this grand house, from Hampstead (Haverstock Hill). Belsize Park Gardens is situated close to one of the boundaries of the park, and parts of the old park wall can be traced in some of the back gardens. The irregular pentagon of the park can be recognised on various old maps. Present day ‘Belsize Village’ marks the rear entrance to the grounds of the house, giving access from the ancient Belsize Lane, where the buildings of Belsize Farm stood.
Belsize Park Tube Station
Over the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a number of large houses were built on the Belsize lands nearest to Haverstock Hill, for wealthy lawyers and merchants wishing to escape from the increasingly polluted city to the nearby countryside, but large areas of farmland still remained, notably at Chalcotts Farm and further up the hill towards
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